sports in Pakistan

Sports in Pakistan

There are many traditional sports in Pakistan which have international status but there are also

some sports which are becoming rare.

Gali Danda is a boys’ game in Pakistan. An open field is required for this game. However, there is no restriction on the number of players. At least two people can play. For a street, a pole is about 3 inches long and pointed on both sides, while the pole size should be such that it is not difficult to play. Young and old used to play this game with great attention, but now it is rarely seen in this game. 

The second game is hot back which is also called the game of seven stones. The game requires two teams, seven stones, and a ball. The goal of the game is to knock down a small tower made of seven stones with the help of a ball and then rebuild it before the opposing team can hit you with the help of the ball. 

The third game is eye-popping which is played among more children. In this game also there is no restriction on the number of players. The player who takes the turn starts looking for everyone until the player who is found first has to be caught and counted again by ten so that the hidden players know that they can come out and now give another turn. In this way, the process is repeated again and again. 

The reasons for the rarity of these games are technology and unnecessary engagements. In the past, people used to play gilli danda, ankh macholi, petho garam, etc., but now, instead of these games, various games are played on mobile phones, which are definitely causing harm to health. Traditional sports principles need to be re-adopted to help you stay healthy and fit.

Traditional Games Played in Pakistan

In the scientific age, where man has achieved innumerable successes and advances

 He also moved away from his social values, culture, and customs. The beauty of sports, fairs, festivals, and ceremonies in Pakistan began to disappear and was replaced by computers, laptops, mobiles, and tabs

Gulli Danda

Gulli Danda is a popular sport for children and boys in Pakistan. In which a small piece of wood carved on both sides is hit with a large wooden stick which is up to nine inches long. While the rod is three to four feet. There is no restriction on the number of players in this game. The game is now limited to a few villages in Pakistan.


 A combination of wrestling, karate, athletics, and running. It is mostly played in Pakistan. There are two teams in which a player of one team, Sahi, one of the players of the other team, comes back to his D while staying in the designated place by touching Japhi and escaping without touching. Which gives this team one point. This game is also losing its popularity in Pakistan.

Pithoo garam

This game was very popular among the children of Pakistan. In it, four or five round pebbles of clay are placed on top of each other and a child hits these pebbles with a ball from a certain distance. If the ball is caught by a child standing in the opposite direction, the turn of the first child is lost. If the ball hits the pebbles and they fall, the hitter immediately tries to place them on top of each other and the child standing in the opposite direction runs and catches the ball and tries to hit the child with the pebbles If the child gets hit by the ball while placing the pebbles on top of each other, then the turn is over and if the ball does not hit and the pebbles are placed on top of each other, then he gets the second turn. This game is now rarely played in any area in Pakistan


It used to be a popular game for girls in Pakistan. In which two girls of the same age would put their hands in each other’s hands and walk around in a circle and sing along. This too is rarely seen now.


Shtapo is also played among girls in Pakistan. This game develops the ability to maintain balance. Many girls can participate in this game. The girls make boxes on the ground with chalk and take a round earthen pebble and throw it inside the food drawn on the ground.

Kokla chipaki

More than five girls take part in this game. These girls sit in a circle and close their eyes by placing their heads on their heads. Kokla Chhapaki Thursday IJ who looked back and forth Ohdi Shamat IJ. And after placing the rope of the dupatta secretly behind a player, he has to complete the circle. If the chakra is completed and the player behind the rope does not know it, then the rope is killed by that player and he gets up and tries to avoid being hit while running. Upon completion of the round without being beaten, the next turn is given to this player.

Modern games Played in Pakistan

It is not that modern games are not played in Pakistan. There was a time when Pakistan became the ruler of 4 modern sports. Let’s hear about them.



The story of winning the Cricket World Cup in 1972 is not just for every cricket fan but for every Pakistani

It is also alive in the heart. Highlights of the matches of this event, footage, T-shirts, two in-swinging balls, catch on the last ball of the match, every aspect of the historic World Twenty20 in the semi-finals, everything is close to the hearts of the people.

Pakistan was the champion in the world of cricket till the 1996 World Cup, during which 1994 was the year when Pakistan became the world cricket champion for two years.



Decades of supremacy began to show signs of decline in Pakistani hockey when the national team failed to advance beyond the round stage at the 1988 Cell Olympics, but Pakistan won a bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and in 1994 I saw it rising again.

Pakistani supremacy over hockey is understandable as it was promoted as a national sport. Pakistan Hockey was administratively very dynamic and due to good general conditions, Pakistan used to host important tournaments. Lahore hosted the March 1994 Champions Trophy where Pakistan won the trophy by defeating the German team on penalty strokes in the final after a thrilling contest.

But that was not the end. In December of that year, hockey fans saw another thrilling match when Pakistan defeated the Netherlands once again on penalty strokes to lift the 1994 Hockey World Trophy in Sydney. This was the national team’s fourth World Cup trophy. Mansoor Ahmed’s amazing goal-keeping, left-in Shahbaz Sr.’s lightning speed, Kamran Ashraf scoring goals by defending the defense players with his dribbling were among the features of the team which was led by ‘My Donna of Hockey (Shahbaz Sr.)’. used to.


From childhood, we were fed up with the news that a Pakistani (first Jahangir Khan in the late eighties and then Jan Sher Khan in the nineties) had won the British Open, World Open, Hong Kong Open, and other squash tournaments. Has won. At that time, there were rumors circulating in the street coaches that a format was being introduced in squash to ensure that a non-Pakistani athlete would at least reach the final. It is not making a part because only Pakistani Khans will win it.

Usually, in the final, there would be a match between two Pakistani players and the matches would be the same to watch. Would have won

The year 1994 was no different, Jahangir Khan had retired from the world of squash and now the game was ruled only by Jan Sher Khan for the next several years, so this year also remained in the name of Jan Sher, here From 1992 to 1996, he won consecutive British Open and World Open events.



The most striking result came in snooker in 1994 when Muhammad Yousuf of Pakistan defeated Janson of Iceland by 11 frames to nine to win the IBSF World Snooker Championship in Johannesburg. Muhammad Yousuf’s talents as a player were lost in the dark for a long time due to the cricket frenzy, the ruling country in squash whose national sport is hockey.

Muhammad Yusuf, from an anonymous background, was a well-known figure in the snooker and billiards community, and his historic success made snooker popular with the local people and opened the way for sponsorship deals. Many young and emerging players started following in the footsteps of Muhammad Yousuf and so far many Pakistani players have established themselves internationally.

Concluding words

Sports are the hallmark of any healthy and conscious society. There are also countless games that are now almost extinct in Pakistan. Kids now like to play games on tabs and mobiles while most of the time is spent on the computer. From which the society is slowly melting like a termite. Promoting sports is essential for a healthy society.